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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day 256

An anonymous reader writes "Today is the 8th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. It is always the last Friday in July and is the one day that SysAdmins are supposed to get the respect they deserve to be getting the other 364 days of the year. Today is the day that we wish everyone would considering the daunting tasks, small budgets, and ridiculous timelines that many SysAdmins face all year. Please thank them for everything they do for you and for your business. If you think you have a great SysAdmin today would be the day to nominate them for SysAdmin of the Year. 'The idea for System Administrator Day was inspired by a print ad for a Hewlett-Packard laser jet printer. The ad showed lines of employees bringing gifts for the IT guy who made the purchase. System Administrator Appreciation Day has, over the years, garnered support from many organizations."
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  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <eldavojohnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:03PM (#20012901) Journal
    I don't care for this. They get paid for their job. They get a 'thank you' from me and other people. They don't act like my servant, they give me more crap than I give them, they're not here at all hours of the night when I'm coding to help me, they don't care whether I succeed, etc. It's not like they're an administrative assistant (Secretary's Day) to one person who needs to show them some appreciation once a day.

    Why do System Administrators get a day? Why not Database Administrators? Why not Systems Architects? Why not Software Developers? All of these people are needed just as much as any of the others to achieve success.

    System Administrators must be much different at other companies because I haven't met one that I've particularly thought deserves a whole freaking day devoted to celebrating them.

    If you can read this, thank your sysadmin
    Yeah, and when do you think the Software Developer who made and maintains the page, the web browser, the web server and the operating systems of both the client and host? Gee, it's not hard to recognize that everyone contributes a vital need to meet a goal. If they didn't, they wouldn't be on the team!

    Flamebait, I know ... but I had to get that off my chest.
    • by MontyApollo ( 849862 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:09PM (#20012985)
      It has been going on for like 8 years and nobody has heard of it so I doubt they are getting much love anyway.
      • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )

        It has been going on for like 8 years and nobody has heard of it
        At least, not heard of it 12 hours in advance so that some planning can be done for the event.
        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by It'sYerMam ( 762418 )
          In the UK, the article is listed as being posted at 5:01 PM. I guess the love to sysadmins doesn't extend to actually showing it - you have to internally acknowledge it, after you get home - in the UK, anyway.
    • by SlamMan ( 221834 ) <squigitNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:10PM (#20013009)
      Probably because at any place that's not an IT company (and under a thousand people), all of those jobs are the same 1-5 guys.
      • by Gulthek ( 12570 )
        So call it 'Tech Support' day or whatever instead of limiting the name of the day to a subset of the job!
        • by clang_jangle ( 975789 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:47PM (#20013583) Journal

          So call it 'Tech Support' day or whatever instead of limiting the name of the day to a subset of the job!


          That does seem appropriate, I vote for "geek apprciation day". Shoot, we all deserve it -- now if you'll excuse me, I have to go clean up some luser's mess. Funny how it feels like just another day...

        • by COMON$ ( 806135 ) * on Friday July 27, 2007 @02:55PM (#20014595) Journal
          I think that may be what they were going for, Sys Admin is only recognized as a subset by those of us in geek departments. I am a Network Admin and I view myself as a sys admin, but I also view our DBA as a sys admin, and same goes with the web dev. Of course I havent worked in a company where there are more than 15 IT people but it has been my experience that when shit hits the fan, the DBA, web dev, app devs and whatnot all are asleep in bed while the "Sys Admins" take the call until the devs and dba's have their morning coffee.

          Of course I also view Sys Admins as anyone who is responsible for the system, essentially a support staff for the people that actually do the work. The web dev and DBA at my current job actually handle everything that people touch via a front end or see on the web, my job is to make sure they can get things done.

      • >>Probably because at any place that's not an IT company (and under a thousand people), all of those jobs are the same 1-5 guys.

        And more than half of them suck, so nobody feels really appreciative.

        I have always worked at small companies, and most of the IT people have some serious flaws. At my current company all the IT people are in the home office, and me and another guy cover some of the more basic stuff for our branch. It seems like we are always cleaning up IT messes - just the other day they acc
      • by Sandbags ( 964742 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @03:14PM (#20014851) Journal
        Developers don't need a holiday, they get the opportunity to attend dozens of "developer day" events all over the world. Support staff have their own appreciation day (I can't find a link to what day that is, but our company celebrated it recently). What do IT guys get? Calls at 3AM, ever shrinking budgets, every greater system complexity, and occassionally, if they're lucky, they get a day in a classroom that ends in a test and all they get is a shirt that in many cases I have gotten that actually reads "...and all i got was this lousy t-shirt."

        My position is not officially "sys-admin" but I support hundreds of them with my companies backup product and am constantly on remote connections rebuilding servers, diagnosing systems, and personally feel the pain not only of one shop's system troubles, but can attest to the fact that sys admins all over the country have some of the most thankless jobs going. I work 60 hours every week, am wakened frequently from sleep, and spend hours on conference calls with panicking customers, resellers, and site managers. ...and I don't even have to deal with end users!

        I barely stay sane in my position, and I don't have budget issues or roll-out deadlines. I don't know how you guys do it. I did it years ago when things were simpler and even then it was a suck job. I've also been a programmer before and can definitively say that even under production deadlines, and the stress of problem solving and code testing, being a coder is a hell of a lot easier than being an admin. It also takes (typically) requires less frequent training on new systems and processes (once you know C++ you're good for 10 years), and programming PAYS BETTER. So any of you coders that bitch about how cushy our job is, I say to you, YOU TRY IT! Being a sys admin sucks almost as working for a city government, and yet hundreds of admins I know DO work for cities, ouch.
        • by Enahs ( 1606 )
          Yep. And those of us in smaller offices have loads of fun. As in, 'sysadmin' is so 'unimportant' that it's just part of someone's job. Like me; some people literally expect me to drop what I'm doing, and if I don't, my boss hears about it. Thankfully he's smart enough to realize what a load of crap that is. :-) Not like the last guy who'd just come over and give me hell for not being 'understanding.'

          Oh, and don't let that 3 a.m. call/drive to work stop you from coming back in bright and early!
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by xmas2003 ( 739875 ) *
    • I agree, (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I never understood the point in this concept. The impression I get is that most of them are elitist people feeling sorry for themselves, or want some special treatment because they believe their profession is so special. It's just another job! It's not as if it's the only job which is thankless, or another job where most efforts go unrecognized because they can't be seen. It's life. People don't care. Really.

      So, please stop feeling sorry for yourselves, or feel free to explain how you should get a "thank yo
    • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:17PM (#20013123)
      > System Administrators must be much different at other companies because I haven't met one that I've particularly thought deserves a whole freaking day devoted to celebrating them.

      "What was your username again?"

      > I Choose Not to Participate (Score: 5, Doomed) by eldavojohn (898314)

      Ah, there's your username.

      *clickity-click*

      rm -rf /usr/staff/eldavojohn
      mkdir /usr/staff/eldavojohn
      wget http://goatse.cx/hello.jpg [goatse.cx] > /usr/staff/eldavojohn/hello.jpg
      chown eldavojohn hello.jpg

      "Hello, Human Resources? There's something about one of your employees that you need to know about..."

      • by eneville ( 745111 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:34PM (#20013407) Homepage

        rm -rf /usr/staff/eldavojohn
        mkdir /usr/staff/eldavojohn
        wget http://goatse.cx/hello.jpg [goatse.cx] > /usr/staff/eldavojohn/hello.jpg
        chown eldavojohn hello.jpg

        "Hello, Human Resources? There's something about one of your employees that you need to know about..."

        and they look at the file to see it's just the output of wget.
        you should try this:
        wget -O http://goatse.cx/hello.jpg [goatse.cx] > hello.jpg
        • by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @02:06PM (#20013901) Journal

          rm -rf /usr/staff/eldavojohn
          mkdir /usr/staff/eldavojohn
          wget http://goatse.cx/hello.jpg [goatse.cx] > /usr/staff/eldavojohn/hello.jpg
          chown eldavojohn hello.jpg

          "Hello, Human Resources? There's something about one of your employees that you need to know about..."

          and they look at the file to see it's just the output of wget.

          ...and that /home/eldavojohn is still just fine and chock-full of normal stuff.

          I mean, cripes, can we at least avoid tempting fate @ the server by not mucking around in /usr here?

          Here... I'll fix it for 'im:

          mkdir -p /home/eldavojohn/\!special cd /home/eldavojohn wget -m -nH http://barnyardlovers.com/pix/?N=D [barnyardlovers.com] && chown -R eldavojohn:users /home/eldavojohn/\!special echo "Dear Barnyard Lovers \n I'm having trouble renewing my subscription for next year. Please reply and tell me how I can change my credit card info. \n Thank you,\n eldavojohn" | mail -s "subscription renewal trouble, plz help" HR_Droid@company.com

          I mean, sheesh...

          (okay, okay - I'll go back to work now...)

          /P

      • by jkrise ( 535370 )
        rm -rf /usr/staff/eldavojohn
        mkdir /usr/staff/eldavojohn


        Looks like you're a Unix sysadmin, and find things boring with Windows servers... point, click, clickety-click, click, mouse over, click.. and Reboot!

        Very difficult to do things like the above with Windows.. unless you got Cygwin on all desktops.
        • Looks like you're a Unix sysadmin, and find things boring with Windows servers... point, click, clickety-click, click, mouse over, click.. and Reboot! Tell me about it. CS degree, 17+ years experience , I developed web apps, been the sole database manger,and have done all of the network security. I administer Solaris, OS X, Linux in addition to windows. I just built a a 68 node cluster for image rendering. For years our firewall was a Linux box I configured. Our mail server is cyrus imap and postfix. A wi
      • by jessecurry ( 820286 ) <jesse@jessecurry.net> on Friday July 27, 2007 @02:00PM (#20013787) Homepage Journal
        This is exactly the attitude that causes the GP to have no positive feelings towards sysadmins.
        Why would you be petty and vindictive? You have a small amount of power in an artificial system, lose the god complex. If you were to do anything like this you'd more than likely be fired anyways and go back to being your normal self.

        Any time I've been tasked as a sysadmin I've made it a point to treat all my users with respect and take the extra moment to explain things if it seemed like the user wanted to know a little more. Those actions gained me real respect and power.
        If you want appreciation as a sysadmin start treating the users that you administer with more respect and make sure that their needs are taken care of before they have to ask. If you have a good relationship with your users you'll hear from them regarding things other than problems... like maybe an invite to the bar, or coffee in the morning.
        Having a specific day to "appreciate" anything is stupid, if you do a good job and treat people well you will be appreciated every day.
        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by darkuncle ( 4925 )
          anybody who claims to be an admin and yet does not have an inherent frustration towards users is either lying, stoned or inexperienced.
          • by SatanicPuppy ( 611928 ) * <Satanicpuppy.gmail@com> on Friday July 27, 2007 @03:27PM (#20015045) Journal
            I have to agree. Administration is the smallest part of my job, but one of the biggest headaches; dealing with people who think the world revolves around them and the sun shines out of their ass...People who flat lie about systems stability to excuse their poor performance, people who do mindlessly stupid things for no reason at all. Having to execute poor management descisions, reverse them, execute them again.

            Even at the upper levels, there is always some moron who makes it through your minions to bother you when you don't need to be bothered.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Sysadmins are just high tech janitors.

      (THAT is flamebait).

      bring it bitches, and fix the ftp server, boy.
    • They get a 'thank you' from me and other people
      No, mostly they don't. Mostly people make them responsible for their own stupidity. (Disclaimer: I am not a sysadmin)
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by TrippTDF ( 513419 )
        I'm the sole IT person at this company (it's very non-technical), and I view my role as simultaneously janitor and wizard of oz- people need me to do things, but don't know what it is that they want. They consider me beneath them, but need my level of knowledge in order to get things done. More often than not, I'm seen as an obstacle to getting things done. Although, from where I sit, their expectations are so far off base with reality I need to try and reign them in, which they don't like. People don't
        • People don't see that I'm argueing a logistical/technical impossiblility with them

          That's your fault, not theirs. If there is a communications breakdown, it's your job to fix it...you are the one in the supporting role, and they are your customers. No matter how wrong they may seem, they are still right. If you can't communicate with your customers in their own language, you don't belong there.

          Eliminate the word 'No' from your vocabulary. All it does is make you sound like a two year-old. If they want th
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      Why do System Administrators get a day? Why not Database Administrators? Why not Systems Architects? Why not Software Developers? All of these people are needed just as much as any of the others to achieve success.
      I'd be all for it. If all 4 of those positions had their own "day", maybe I'd get 4 times as much appreciation...
      As the entire IT department for a small/medium business, even a general "IT Appreciation Day" would be nice.
    • Why do System Administrators get a day? Why not Database Administrators? Why not Systems Architects? Why not Software Developers? All of these people are needed just as much as any of the others to achieve success.

      System Administrators must be much different at other companies because I haven't met one that I've particularly thought deserves a whole freaking day devoted to celebrating them.

      devs and IT guys are always at odds. having worked in both product development and IT, i can see where both parties

    • by rossz ( 67331 )
      Appreciate us because we're the ones who get up at 3 in the f*ing morning to go down to the colo to try to fix the damn server that just went down. The one we kept telling you was dying and needed to be replaced. The one you said there wasn't any budget to replace (because you and the other sales weenies went to that "conference" in Hawaii).
    • by PONA-Boy ( 159659 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:53PM (#20013667)
      Around here, we make SAAD a general IS Department event...everyone geeks out and generally enjoys themselves.

      For all of the people who are so adamantly opposed to _any_ sort of "day" for technology professionals...meh. People have birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, etc, and they are all commemorated in some fashion. I think of SAAD as a good occasion to relax for a day and enjoy things. For the rest of the work year, we will all be trudging about dealing with problems, what is the big objection with having ONE day out of the year where we recognize our achievements even if no-one else does. It is a way of building esprit du corps and good feelings across departments.

      (as an aside)
      So many frackin' people (I find this especially true in the US) are so hell-bent on being unhappy these days. They want to piss in everyone's Cheerios because they can't be happy...why should anyone ELSE be happy? The last I heard, we all have a time-limit on our existence on this planet, why would you want to spend it being frackin' unhappy? Relax a little people! Loosen that knot around your neck and enjoy just being alive for a moment.

      *sheesh*

      PONA
    • by tempest69 ( 572798 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @02:01PM (#20013815) Journal
      unlike the parent poster I appreciate the uptime.

      Anyway, with a good sysadmin, all the other stuff can be managed to some degree.. just not as pretty. unless you share admin aesthetics.

      Wearing the admin hat is easy, wearing it well is a total pain in the rear.

      Noticing a master is the trick

      Anyway, thank you slashdot admins for a rock solid site.

      Storm

    • by sapgau ( 413511 )
      I agree 100%... sounds weird. So this means Sys Admins are now clerical jobs?
    • by Malc ( 1751 )
      Chalk it up to society's over-developed sense of entitlement.
  • Another one? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by garnetlion ( 786722 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:06PM (#20012931)
    Really now, does every profession need it's own appreciation day?
    • Re:Another one? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by MontyApollo ( 849862 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:20PM (#20013189)
      Only those that feel their profession is tougher than everybody else's and/or feel their profession is underappreciated otherwise.
    • If I remember correctly, there is Secretary's day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary's_Day [wikipedia.org]
    • Really now, does every profession need it's own appreciation day
      Yes. It's called payday. So do the job, cash the check, and if you feel under appreciated, look for a better job.

      Appreciation days are for volunteers. ( With that thought in mind, I'd like to thank the folks who did Fedora, Ubuntu, Firefox, OPen Office, and all the other open programs that I use daily )
    • by DamnStupidElf ( 649844 ) <Fingolfin@linuxmail.org> on Friday July 27, 2007 @02:08PM (#20013947)
      Really now, does every profession need it's own appreciation day?

      Yes. I call mine Pay Day. It comes 26 times a year.
    • Really now, does every profession need it's own appreciation day?

      Many people don't consider it a "profession". IT people in many offices are regarded in the same way secretaries were/are.

      It's a field where, if you do your job properly, you're largely invisible- and when things break, even if it's not your fault, you're visible, during said crisis. Very high taskloads, deadlines measured in minutes, high specialization/training/experience requirements. You generally get the least/crappiest office spa

    • by hb253 ( 764272 )
      Of course! Because we're ALL winners as long as we have fun!
    • In Russia, nearly every profession has an appreciation day =)
    • by illeism ( 953119 ) *

      Really now, does every profession need it's own appreciation day?
      YES!!! I need a excuse to drink my sysadmin self into a stupor every day of the week... it's getting hard to justify, but with more holidays...
  • No problem. (Score:5, Funny)

    by ScentCone ( 795499 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:06PM (#20012935)
    We just asked the system admin guys to roll out the image we stored from last year's celebration. I mean, why fuss when you have a backup? Of course, we had to have them apply all of the interim patches before we could go live with the party. MAN those guys are grumpy - and this is their Special Day!
  • oxymoron (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:07PM (#20012965)
    Happy SAAD.
  • A hitherto unknown virus has been reportedly bringing down Exchange Server and SQL Server based networks in Europe and Asia...
  • Who cares (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ximenes ( 10 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:09PM (#20012989)
    I have worked as a systems administrator my entire professional career (12 years or so), and I couldn't care less about this day.

    What is the point of these artificial job-appreciation-days? If someone appreciates me or my work, I would prefer to hear it when they feel like it rather than get a mug or something lame (not that I ever have, no one is aware of this momentous day anywhere I've ever worked, thank god!). Whatever happened to honest sentiment?
    • What is the point of these artificial job-appreciation-days?

      Because if you can convince your employees that you really really sincerely appreciate their extra hours and hard work, you can pay them less for it.

      No joke. Feeling appreciated at work is worth thousands to many employees, particularly those in support roles (and lets not kid ourselves, a sysadmin is a support person). Plus, if you have one day set aside for it each year, you never have to show your appreciation other days. It's really a very

      • by ximenes ( 10 )
        This is similar to what I was getting at. I prefer sincere appreciation to mandated or one-day-a-year appreciation. I find it a little insulting to my intelligence that I'm not supposed to be able to tell the difference. However, since no one has ever heard of this day, it luckily only comes up as a joke with my co-workers.

    • While I do agree with your overall sentiment, that a day is not required and if people appreciate you they should just let you know when they feel like it etc. (I feel the same way about certain holidays) ....

      I WANT A FREAKIN' MUG DAMMIT! :((((((

      No one ever buys me a mug :(
    • It gives us a reason to laugh at ourselves. Oh! And read BOFH [theregister.co.uk] (I mean, weekly, but today more then most!).

      And if your boss likes sushi nearly as much as mine...maybe lunch and a couple of Asahi's. Need I say more?
  • by stacey7165 ( 1081097 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:10PM (#20013005)
    1. Remember your password
    2. Fix your printer yourself.
    3. If you get the message "Critical System Updates Available", don't ignore it. Take the updates.
    4. Don't get your laptop stolen.
    5. Use sudo, not root.
    6. If it was working yesterday, something changed. Fess up.
    7. Check to make sure its plugged in.
    8. RTFM
    9. Don't open that .exe your nice new stranger friend sent you.
    10. If its 4:55 pm, let it go. It can wait until Monday.

    Full disclosure - I work for Hyperic, http://www.hyperic.com/ [hyperic.com], and submitted this story which got beat by the one you are now reading... it was in a blog post Javier Soltero made this morning: http://www.hyperic.com/blog/hyperic/2007/07/27/hap py-national-sys-admin-appreciation-day/ [hyperic.com]

    Just a fun conversation about all the stupid things admins have to put up with from their users. I know there's more out there!!! Bring it on ./!
  • It's 6pm here in the UK. Meh.

    Silly US centric (that'll get some debate going!) Slashdot.
  • then system administrators are plumbers 2.0

    so as long as you guys can keep your asscrack hidden as you do your work, then you can have your own day
  • ...and, so? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:26PM (#20013279)

    Today is the day that we wish everyone would considering the daunting tasks, small budgets, and ridiculous timelines that many SysAdmins face all year.
    ...and this is unlike the work that most other working adults face because?

    And what's with the cheesy HP plug? (Does anyone still really buy HP printers?)
  • by markov_chain ( 202465 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:30PM (#20013341) Homepage
    is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.
  • I'd like to (Score:5, Funny)

    by gelfling ( 6534 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:30PM (#20013353) Homepage Journal
    But I don't speak Hindi.
  • the other related fields that goes into sysadmining from time to time.

    thank us, you and others for making things work as they should.
  • Huh? (Score:5, Funny)

    by DoofusOfDeath ( 636671 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:39PM (#20013477)

    Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

    This is such a stupid celebration. Like anyone has ever seen a Happy System Administrator.

    Oh, wait. I see how you meant that. Uhhh... Happy Sys Admin day to you too. (Ah crap - there goes my beeper.) DAMMIT!

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @01:44PM (#20013533)
    If it wasn't for all of these #$(&%% users, we'd have a really smooth running operation here!
  • I thank me for selecting dual-core, dual-monitor, 2 GB RAM desktops and laptops for all of my staff. I thank me for keeping my cell phone on all times of the day and night, in case one of the hot college aides is in the mood for a booty call. I thank me for keeping technical services vendors and central IT honest, by constantly calling them on all of their bullsh!t. Most importantly, I thank me for being the pioneer in my large government agency, who went against what that the CIO wanted in terms of runn
  • I had a little trouble parsing the article title, at first:

    • (Happy System Administrator) Appreciation Day is NOT the same as:
    • Happy (System Administrator) Appreciation Day.

    Maybe more System Administrators would be happy if we appreciated them more?

    Hey, I know! Let's have a Happy System Administrator Appreciat... Ummm... Oh. Darn.

    <grin>

  • Free lunch :) (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Isaac-Lew ( 623 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @02:08PM (#20013937)
    We (the UNIX sysadmin team where I work) were treated to Mongolian barbeque [wikipedia.org] for lunch. (In keeping harmony with the irony of the day, it's neither Mongolian nor barbeque - nevertheless, it's good eating). Between this & the Simpsons movie premiering, it's turning out to be a good day!
    • by geekoid ( 135745 )
      I assume you take all the secretaries to lunch a on secretary day, all the black people to lunch on MLKjr day, all the bosses to lunch on boss day?

      no? what a fucking mooch.
    • Between this & the Simpsons movie premiering, it's turning out to be a good day!
      That was last weekend [usatoday.com]. Well, at least it was here in the real Springfield. Doh!
  • I spent about 10 years as a SysAdmin. But since I did a fair amount of scripting in that job, and found it the most enjoyable part, I was finally able to get out of it and do nearly full-time development.

    Who cares? Well I just mention it since I think I'm fairly objective in comparing how the two are valued in the company. Since this isn't primarily an IT company neither fare well, but I have to say that SysAdmins seem to be at the bottom of the barrel. For whatever reason the work they do, the dollars and
  • I don't know about you guys, but as a UNIX admin I'm on call 1 out of 4 weeks, work frequently on Saturday and Sunday nights during maintenance windows so as to not bother anyone who might be working with those machines and have to work holidays if the systems go down, have frequent upgrade and maintenance cycles, etc. It's not an easy job when an entire organization is breathing down your neck to get things working as quickly as possible. Some appreciation is indeed welcome. I know some devs have to work o
  • It ain't workin' for me. Been looking all over for a happy system administrator so I can appreciate him, but I haven't found one yet. Not one.
  • of how the balance of power has shifted:

    I click da linky to read TFA and am greeted with:

    The Site You Are Trying To Access Is Prohibited

    Category of Blocked URL: "Entertainment/Recreation/Hobbies;Humor"

    How the mighty have fallen.

  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Friday July 27, 2007 @07:16PM (#20017819) Homepage
    Like janitors, CIA agents, and many other professions, when a sysadmin does their job well they tend to go unnoticed, because everyone in upper management in particular just assumes the computers will work just fine. When anything in IT hits the fan though, you can be sure that the responsibility will be propelled straight down to the sysadmins (preferably junior level). In short, only the mistakes are noticed, and thus sysAdmins are often poorly treated.

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